Language for a new emergence


Our challenge isn’t to accurately describe what we can see. Instead, it’s the opportunity to capture what we can’t see – yet. And the usual way we use words is woefully inadequate. We need a new language for this emerging now. One which doesn’t try to put us in control, but alongside.

On the gentle emergence of beauty


Beauty is not in a hurry. It doesn’t shout before it is ready, until it is formed in the secret place. Then it emerges, responding to light and love, and sings its transcendent song. ‘What is real is almost always, to begin with, hidden, and does not want to be understood by the part of … Read more

Which way is the wind blowing?


My friend Diane Wyzga offered an astute comment on yesterday’s post Unfurling, being open to catch the wind. “Even if we are not quite sure what the work is, being open helps us catch the wind to see one way or another.” She is right. For many of us are still a work in progress. … Read more

Unfurling into the grace of beginning


Yes. That’s all it takes. Not if’s and but’s and maybe’s. Simply yes. Though your destination is not yet clearYou can trust the promise of this opening;Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginningThat is at one with your life’s desire. The fifth verse from John O’Donohue’s blessing: For a New Beginning. ~ Cheering on those … Read more

A different kind of exploration


As we emerge and find our feet in this new landscape, we need to embrace a different kind of exploration. The old questions that frame our sight with hard edges and cause and effect are no longer helpful. Instead, we must use all our senses and feel our way forward. Being open to metaphors and … Read more

Beginnings are emergent


While they are, by definition, new, beginnings do not appear out of thin air. They are part of a more extensive cycle of life, whether that’s naturally organic or ideas. As John O’Donohue writes in his introduction to the first part of Benedictus: A Book of Blessings – ‘All our beginnings happen with this continuity.’ … Read more

Closed-loop or emergent?


Are we destined to make the same mistakes over and over again? And while the patterns that often define us won’t change overnight, we do have choices. Just sometimes, we don’t know what they are. I wonder, how might we ask?

And then the unexpected happens


Yesterday morning, the rain was cold. So cold it felt like sleet stinging against my face. But this is May! What’s going on? Being prepared for emergence is okay as long as I know what’s happening… Yet here’s the thing: life isn’t like that. It has never been. We’ve just built an illusion of control … Read more

‘The World I Live In’


I have refused to livelocked in the orderly house of     reasons and proofs.The world I live in and believe inis wider than that. And anyway,     what’s wrong with Maybe? You wouldn’t believe what once ortwice I have seen. I’ll just     tell you this:only if there are angels in your head will you     ever, possibly, see one. + Mary Oliver … Read more